SAN ANTONIO -- Officials with Joint Base San Antonio say about 20,000 civilian employees will be affected if the sequester happens.
The sequester requires $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, with the Department of Defense shouldering about half of that.
Secretary of Defense has informed Congress that if automatic budget cuts kick in on March 1st, he may be compelled to furlough the vast majority of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.
Joint Base San Antonio officials say they are in the process of information their civilian employees now.
The employees could be furloughed for one day a week from April 25th through September 21st. That would add up to about a 20-percent cut in the employees' paychecks.